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Lynn Pasquerella: College students on holiday face an in-between world

Monday, December 15, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — This time of year, I make a point of looking out my office window. Here at Mount Holyoke College, I have a good view of the local bus stop. At the end of the semester, I like to spend a few moments watching students board buses as they head home for winter break. I see a couple of things. They always have so much gear: enormous suitcases, …

Sara Weinberger: Why a 1948 statement has never become dated

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The frenetic pace of holiday preparations, as well as feelings of rage and powerlessness over a seemingly endless wave of state-sanctioned police brutality, seem to be holding many of us hostage these days. It’s not surprising that few people noticed an important day that came and went last Wednesday. Human Rights Day commemorates the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human …

John Paradis: Is it time for a military draft in the US?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Thomas Jefferson believed a democracy can survive only with the aid of an enlightened electorate. What then would our founding fathers now say about the lowest voter turnout in 72 years in the midterm general election in November? I imagine “disgust” would not be too strong a word. I imagine it …

Rich Szlosek: Did FDR have a PR presence in Northampton?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When I was a preschooler, I had a dentist named Dr. Williams. His office was in his house on Elm Street not far from Smith College. The story is that there was a tropical fish tank …

Paul Newlin: Answers to Whately’s town building needs require help from all

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WHATELY — For the past three years, the Whately municipal building committee has been trying to solve two problems. The first concerns our town offices. They are split between different buildings, making communications among departments inefficient. They are …

Jay Fleitman: Let’s exercise caution on Ebola by acknowledging what we don’t know

Monday, November 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It was the spring of 1980 and I was an intern in my first year of training working in our hospital intensive care unit. We had a young man and a user of intravenous drugs being supported by mechanical ventilation because of an extensive pneumonia that …

John Bos: Where men help men face the ‘Big C’ in Northampton

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — We call it the “Big C” (along with some other things) in our weekly men’s support meetings at Cancer Connection just across Locust Street from Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Cancer Connection is at heart a “living room” where each Wednesday at noon …

Bill Newman: Let science, not fear, guide on Ebola health care workers

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Many scary things — ghosts, goblins and IRS agents — undoubtedly came to your door last evening on Halloween. I like Halloween. I remember as a kid going house to house dressed as a gunslinger, saying, …

David Narkewicz & Alex Morse: To fix our broken bridges, vote no on Question 1

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Willamansett Bridge connecting Holyoke and Chicopee. The Prospect Avenue Bridge in West Springfield. The Puffer Pond Bridge on Mill Street in Amherst. The Wilson Street Bridge in Belchertown. The Eunice Williams Covered Bridge in Greenfield. …

Monica Moran: Lifting the curtain on domestic violence

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

RUSSELL — People blame Jamal Palmer Rice for staying with Ray Rice. They wonder how someone as likable as the former Baltimore Ravens player could punch his fiancé in the face. They are astonished that Jared Remy, son of broadcaster Jerry Remy, could physically assault five girlfriends over …

Jonathan Edwards: Why life left the bottle bill behind

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WHATELY — When Massachusetts passed its original bottle bill in 1982 it was one of a small number of environmentally progressive states that wanted to put an end to beer and soda bottles and cans littering our roads, neighborhoods and amazing vistas that range from coastline in the …

Ryan O’Donnell: End all barriers to voter registration

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deadline to register to vote has passed for this election, and everyone should be thankful to the activists across the Commonwealth who sought out new voters as well as our local election officials who work so hard to maintain our voter rolls. But given the …

Clare Higgins: Taking stock of Nov. 4 ballot questions in Massachusetts

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There are four questions on the ballot this November. Last month, I talked about Question 3, the casino repeal question. This question requires you to vote yes if you want to stop the casino mess (as …